HopDevil India Pale Ale | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale
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HopDevil India Pale AleHopDevil India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-27-2001

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.67/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Two finger head, Smell is hoppy, pine-like and not overwhelming. Taste is spicey, with hints of caramel. Full bodied and dry aftertaste. The hoppiness is very strong on the initial taste and there is no letting up from there on. I think the A+ given by "The Bros" is generous. The beer is very good but not A+ good.

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Photo of harrymel
3.01/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Best by jul 17, 2011

A: pours a rusty orange ale with excellent clarity. Single finger peanut foam leans into a thin quilt of the same. Ringed lacing.

S: very malty for an ipa. My initial thoughts are how this reminds me of an ipa Called Indica by Lost Coast IIRC. Rich sweet and caramelly malts are complimented with some ruddy, grassy hops. A hint of aluminum. A little too malty for the style IMO.

T: good bitter pinch up front melts into a spiced malt profile. Fairly interesting. Some tastes of orange peels, hibiscus flower, tea (orange pekoe, room temp). More reminds me of an amped up amber with all the malt action.

M: medium to full bodied for the style. Low carb. Slick finish with a decent resonance.

O: looks good, smells and taste are more like an amber or red ale to me. Can't say I really care for this one.

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Photo of GrizzlyBeer1282
3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Fake amber orange-ish color.

S: Smells very hoppy, but at the same time it smells like a relative farted in your face.

T: Luckily, it tastes much better than it smells although it is very bitter. Too bitter even for a hophead like myself. Only reason I even drink this beer is because it has the perfect alcohol content at 6.7% abv. The only reason I'm even reviewing this beer is because of the mouthfeel which is came as a real shocker.

M: A real spicy bite to this one. Very bitter but the bite is so fierce that it numbs the tongue enabling one to drink a second one. This is by far the most appealing quality to this beer.

O: If the other aspects of the beer were up to par with the alc. content and the mouthfeel, this beer would be an A+, however, since the mouthfeel is so exceptional I'd have to say this aint such a bad beer overall.

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Photo of Zaradog
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Visual: One finger loosely packed head that dissipates quickly. Beautiful clear amber color that absolutely glows when you hold it up to the light.

Aroma: Grapefruit, apricot, and I also get a little hint of the smell that most Belgian beers have (not sure what it is called). I’m picking up a hint of bready malt in there as well. Not bad, but not knocking me over with hop aroma either.

Taste: More malt on the front end than what I expected. And really, I don’t pick up very much hops until the finish which comes in with a thin yet harsh wave of bitter. I feel like there is something there that plays to the middle sides of the tongue, however every time I roll it over the sides, it immediately starts to fizz up which distracts from the taste. By the way I pick up a Black Tea aftertaste on the exhale.

Mouth Feel: If I keep this beer running straight down the center of my palette then it feels good, reasonably wet and the taste is just … plain. If I roll it around it fizzes up something terrible and goes really dry; yes more tastes come out but they are overshadowed by the fizziness.

Drink-ability: I could try to extract out and find as much flavor as possible and end up completely disappointed because I can’t get the beer to hit on all cylinders. Either it goes fizzy and dry but tries to present its flavor, or it goes down quick and smooth with only average flavor… certainly nothing impressive enough to live up to its name and label.

Impressions: I’m just not impressed. I think this beer is unbalanced to a point where it can’t live up to its potential. As far as I’m concerned, I have to believe this is a work in progress, and that the brewers are still perfecting the formula. The hops are definitely in there, but they constantly have to fight to be noticed. Yes I would buy it again. Yes I would enjoy it. But I still think something is keeping this beer from living up to its true potential. Maybe it was nearing its end of life... it only has two more days left on its Best By date.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12oz bottle with no visible BB date. I acquired some bottles of this a while back - the off-licence that sold them stocks some cheap beer past it's use-by date. This leads me to suspect that the bottles I have are quite old, but they've been stored well and hopefully will have mellowed nicely. I love the hop devil on the label.

Poured into a Delerium Tremens chalice. A rich coppery-amber hue with some floating sediment (I tried to keep it all in the bottle but failed). Good carbonation. Produces an off-white head of thick, creamy foam that lasts for quite a while before reducing to a surface layer. The aroma is intense; a powerful cocktail of malt and aromatic hops. Notes of pine underpinned by sweet, grainy malt and a notable whiff of alcohol.

Tastes of intensely bitter hops with a rich malty backbone. Notes of aromatic pine/resin, sweet malt, brown sugar and hints of roasted grain. Alcohol adds a warming sensation. Mouthfeel is tingly and full-bodied but very astringent; the texture is almost syrupy. Strong bitter aftertaste of pine and malt.

An intense hit of hops - hardly anything brewed in the UK can provide such a sensation. Impressive, with stacks of character. Due to the age of the bottle I wonder if some of the hoppy notes have faded away (esp. citrus), but the bitterness is still overwhelming. Fantastic, and well worth sampling.

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Photo of BBP
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Hazy dark hop orange color. Well carbonated. Thin head and no lace.

S- The aroma isn't really working for me. There are hops and all, but there's also a very strong fruit aroma like old tangerines. It still smells promising, but that feature is a bit off-putting.

T- Floral hops as well as tropical hops. Moderate amounts of grapefruit and citrus. Hops deliver a ton of flavor, and a moderate amount of bitterness. There's a lot of sweetness to even it out.

Biscuit and caramel malts make up a considerably large part of the aftertaste. Almost to the point of leaving the hops buried. This one delivers hops and then malts. There's a pretty balanced load out in this.

M- Medium body. Creamy from just the right amount of carbonation. Dry and sticky finish. The drink coats your mouth in no time at all. A tad of alcohol heats things up.

O- An IPA that is definitely leaning towards citrus. It also adds malt for balance, but remains a hop forward IPA. I enjoyed it, but I'll opt for more IPAs with more pine flavor in the future.

Worth checking out.

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Photo of CHickman
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear amber in color with a very creamy 2 finger tan head that faded very slowly and left great foamy lacing; a really good looking beer.

Smells of floral hops, flowers, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, light brown sugar, wet bread and caramel; very hoppy nose overall, which is sweet and delicious with the right amount of malt and grains to balance it perfectly and still let the citrus hops control the aroma.

Tastes of floral hops, flowers, grapefruit, citrus hops, orange peel, lemon, mango, tangerine, brown sugar, pepper, spices like coriander, toasted grains, Coke, and caramel or syrup; the hop spices are dominant, but as I said before there are enough malts and grains in the mix to balance it out perfectly. A really great tasting beer that hides the alcohol well and lets just enough spice run wild to make this an extra bold IPA.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick with medium carbonation, a medium body and an overall feel that is hoppy with some alcohol bite. A really nice beer, that's fruity, hoppy and really easy to drink for an IPA. High drinkability for a beer of this caliber, this is a high recommendation.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Orange to copper colored with just a slight haze. Head and lacing were fine.

You can smell a nice blend of hops along with a touch of spicy malts and a bit of citrus.

Now I might be going out on a limb here, but I did not find this beer to be such an assault on the taste buds as some of the other reviews have indicated. I found it to be bold and full flavored, yet very nicely balanced. Hops are forward but not overpowering, bready malts are complex and complimenting. There's a nice spiciness and a touch of fruitiness too.

Feel is relatively full bodied and incredibly smooth and drinkable.

This is one damn fine beer. My only complaint is that I didn't buy more of them on my last trip to the store.

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Photo of richkrull
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a darker copper color with tons of fluffy tan head.

Smells nice and hoppy.

Taste is bitter throughout with some malt undertones. Nice hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. This is a very smooth drinkable beer.

Overall I really enjoyed this IPA and would definitely go for it again.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. pour at the Food Shack in Jupiter, FL.

Appearance - Two finger off-white head atop a deep amber body. Pretty clear with good lacing. Dark for an IPA, but otherwise nice looking.

Smell - Not a lot of aroma. Some piney hops and a bit of bready malt. Sometimes I have trouble getting good aromas when I get a beer on tap, but this is even lower in aroma than that.

Taste - Piney hops first with a toasty malt midrange. I wish it was hoppier, especially because there isn't a lot of citrus to it. The piney hops make it feel less... brisk? A long, almost smokey bitter finish that lingers.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and medium bodied. It's easy drinking and tasty.

Overall - Not bad, not great. Hardly this side of good, really. I'd drink it if nothing else were available.

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Photo of mooselvlt
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a clear amber color. Nice 2 finger tan foamy head that has great retention. Slowly fades, with very good sticky lacing

S - Subtle. Pick up some piney hops with a light malt backbone.

T - Starts off with some biscuity malt which is quickly overtaken by the piney hops. Like the nose, only stronger.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat oily texture. Smooth. The bitterness grows and grows on the tongue.

O - The nose doesn't do the rest of the beer justice. Overall, its a pleasant IPA that I can see myself enjoying again in the future.

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Photo of Noxious26
3.46/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle poured in a pint glass. Bottle is stamped "Best before Aug 28, 2011." Purchased from Knightly Liquors in Orlando.

Off-white head is 1/4 inch on the pour but quickly recedes to a thin ring around the edge with a few islands of head. Little strings of lace here and there. Clear, orangey-coppery-reddish colour.

Aroma is pretty subdued. What can be found is mostly hops with a touch of malt.

Strong hop bite throughout. Almost no presence of malt detectable. Strong pine with hints of grapefruit. Bitter hop aftertaste is long lasting.

Oily mouthfeel with little carbonation.

Overall it's ok but not great. Pretty average unless you just like straight hops flavour with no complexities or malt backbone.

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Photo of ErmahgerdPhD
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep ruby color, or possibly a rich rich amber. No visible carbonation, but there is good head retention; approximately 2 fingers of off-white (slightly tan) head. True to the name, the hop resins create a nice thick sticky lacing around the glass.

S - This beer smells pretty darn good - spicy, piney hops and some caramel malts come through. The malts give it a nice sweetness that is definitely not present in all IPAs. The smell is somewhat understated for an IPA, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

T - The hops definitely come through in a few ways in this beer. There is a certain earthy, piney and spicy (almost peppery) taste to the hops, which really comes through well and adds a degree of complexity not there in some of the purely hit-you-over-the-head-with-bitterness hoppy IPAs. There is a solid caramel malt backbone, which holds everything together nicely and offsets some of the hop bitterness nicely. Having said that, there is a lingering bitterness that bites for just a BIT too long for me. Other tastes are slightly bready and citrusy, but nothing I can outright identify. This beer also doesn't hide it's ABV very well; I would've guessed it to be a higher ABV if I was judging on taste alone.

M - This beer is thick, almost creamy for an IPA. The name again is alluded to with the mouthfeel, as the resins coat your mouth and keeps a layer on your tongue throughout the experience. This beer has an almost oily quality to it, which suggests a long boil with the hops.

O - Definitely give this beer a shot if you love hops, it will give you a pretty unique experience with some of the spiciness that it brings to the palate. I would buy this every now and then and break them out to two beers per time that I drank; this is definitely not meant to be put back all night (especially at 6.7% ABV).

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4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. Best buy July 14 2011 - BT6

A: The pour builds a two finger head that is a light khaki in color and holds a good frothy retention. The body is a deep ruby hue, with good clarity. The lacing is sticky and plentiful. Low levels of carbonation are seen.

S: the aroma is a very hop forward notion, but there is a nice subtle balance of malts. The malt gives off a warming character. The hops are high pungent West Coast citrus flavors, as well as a piney, resin flavor.

T/M: The flavor is very resiny, with good malt backbone. Give the beer depth and complexity. The hops do a nice job at bitterness, but fall a bit short in the floral flavor department. The mouthfeel is full for the style and the lingering finish is very full of hop bitterness. Flavor resemble the character of a German Bock. Well rounded taste.

O: A very nice IPA offering from Victory, but within the freshness code, the hops have lost a touch of there flavor. I can recall having this brew and noting that the hops had a more active roll in the overall taste. None the less, a solid brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hop Devil pours out a golden copper color with a decent foamy white head on it. The head gives off a good lacing down the glass that sticks for just about the entire time you have it. The smell has a wonderful aroma of hops spewing from it. The taste of the beer has an interesting spicy hoppiness to it. There is a light maltiness in the flavor as well but mostly a very strong hop flavor throughout. The mouthfeel was is medium bodied and has a nice stinging on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Overall it's an impressive IPA and really worth looking into.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

purchased a six pack at joe canals in egg harbor township nj 6/4/11

This is a far more than solid craft beer here. It features the typically hoppy bitterness and a citrus grapefruit tinge as well. But adding to that, I sense a certain heavier "spiciness" of some sort that I've just never placed in a previously sampled India Pale Ale. What that spiciness is, I just can't put my finger on it, at least not just yet. Maybe it's only my imagination but I get the impression that it's a unique style of IPA, almost like a "winter warmer" with its spiciness.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours sweet tea-brown with a finger of off-white head. The lacing is considerable.

S: Caramel malts are strong (only 3 months old), piney hops, and rye.

T: Strong maltiness, some citrus, floral and piney hoppiness, and rye. It's akin to Founders Rye P.A.

M: It has medium-light thickness with stronger-than-average carbonation.

O: This is a good East Coast IPA but it doesn't distance itself from other IPA choices.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Sept 8 2011. 12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance - Sightly hazy amber red body.

Smell - Slightly hoppy. Mild. No sharp notes.

Taste - Smooth bitter hop. Slightly stale aftertaste. Dry. Alcohol isn't really noticeable.

Mouthfeel - Lots of body and foaminess in the mouth.

Overall Drinkability - Smooth session IPA. Enjoyable but didn't wow me like I thought it would based on the average rating.

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Photo of fank2788
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Bright reddish copper, quite clear with a big white head which laces a lot. The smell is of rich hoppiness. The majority coming through as citrusy grapefruit along with a touch of pine and floral characteristic in there as well. The taste matches the smell with a ton of bright hops coming through with flavors ranging from citrus to pine and floral. Despite the hop centric focus this beer is amazingly well balanced. The hops are backed by a solid maltiness with enough sweetness to match the high IBUs. Body is medium to full with a dry bitter finish that lasts. Overall a very good IPA, one I'd passed over in the past. I guess I didn't know what I was missing.

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Photo of imbibehour
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 29th 2011, we shall do so hence forth.

A nice big off white finger head that is slightly soapy and has some pretty good sized bubbles. Body is a basic clear amber getting more into dark brown with some very tiny small rising carbonation from the bottom. Simple, and good looking with next to nothing for lacing.

Bouquet is just standard and solid. Muted but noticeable hop presence that has a kind of malt dryness. Some type of dry grain powdery malt sensations, but with an almost grassy feeling left behind.

Taste is good bodied, somewhat syrupy but all the taste and flavor is in the aftertaste and finish, and it's quite enjoyable. Great baked brown dough bread and spiced hop, slowly building on the swallow. Repeated sips bring out some orange, but then the swallow still brings the lingering aromatics. Big but not overpowering, dry, with a husky sense almost.

This will do in a pinch it's quite tasty and I never seem to complain if there is any to go around. Seems like now was a good time to giving it some thought.

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Photo of Rutager
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of sticky pale yellow-orange head. Nice lacing.

Smell. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, caramel and toasty malt.

Taste. Toasty grain and citrusy hops. Grapefruit, and a little pine with that nice toasty, caramel base.

Mouthfeel. Almost a medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice ips. Good tasting malt is stronger than I usually like, but I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.8/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - beer pours an ale/coperish in colour, very nice off-white head that is very foamy. little hazy with minimal carbonation.

Smell - malts, some hops, some earthy tones. very simple, mostly malt dominated

Taste - malts, some metallic, very dry. little bitterness near the end, but mostly a smooth beer.

Mouthfeel - very good mouthfeel, a lot added and very filling. the bitterness last longer, can pick up the grassy tones a lot more.

Overall - for my 200th beer this was decent, nothing out of the ballpark but i am happy i tried it and would drink it again!

Shouts to SpinRSX for all his instruction and wisdom sharing!

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Photo of spree92
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep golden ale that is very bubbly. Thin, thigh head that has some retention and little lacing.

S- Faint hops but a very malt forward beer. A little grass but mostly oaky, roasted malts.

T- More malt heavy than smell leads you into. I have no hop character at all. Munich malts are prevalent as is a oak/wood finish.

M- Has a heavy feel in the mouth that is sticky and dry. Very easy to drink and could consume a couple rather quickly.

O- Strangely, I am really enjoying this beer, just not as an IPA. Has characteristics of amber ale and pale ales from Europe. I opened this Expecting an IPA and am disappointed by what I got. I will, though, try more of Victory's beers.

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Photo of cudmud
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer has a wonderful, deep copper color with a thick off white head. The head produces solid lace. Plus, this beer is cystal clear with a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell: The beer has very floral aromas; however, I was expecting more intense hop smells.

Taste: This beer teases your tongue with a slight hint of sweet malt then it nails with a major blast of hops. This beer really playes with the flavors. After the the hop attack, the flavors develop into a wonderful, bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full body and creamy

Overall: This is an awesome beer. You can chew the hops.

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Photo of atowle25
3.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a fairly good sized head. Smells very floral, a little bit of pine, and it's very clear from both the look and the smell that it has a decent malt backbone to it. The taste has a fairly strong bitterness to it which is balanced with a caramel finish. It's a nice, balanced IPA. Not really my favorite, but I also don't think it was as fresh as I'd like. Too much malt for me, not sure if that was due to the hops fading or not.

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HopDevil India Pale Ale from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 7,441 ratings